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Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

I often work with teams from other country and regions, hence HCL Notes is a very useful platform for internal company management operations. It standardized organisational work standards in most of the offices worldwide. HCL Notes also enables chat with other team around the world that I find very helpful when initiating conversation or just want to have a quick update rather than sending emails and waiting for replies. However, HCL Notes is not very efficient in web browsing and user still need to use other internet service providers.
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

I will, and have, gone out of my way to make sure friends who have a choice in these matters don't end up committing to MS environment. The only time anyone should be using this software is if they have an employer who is forcing the MS suite on the business, there really isn't another use case I can suggest this for in good faith.
Evan Loeb | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
MS SharePoint
7.3
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
MS SharePoint
7.4
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
6.6
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.9
MS SharePoint
7.2
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
MS SharePoint
7.7
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
MS SharePoint
7.4
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
4.8
MS SharePoint
7.3
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
7.2

Communication

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
MS SharePoint
7.3
Chat
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
MS SharePoint
7.0
Notifications
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2
MS SharePoint
7.4
Discussions
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
MS SharePoint
7.5
Surveys
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
MS SharePoint
7.2
Internal knowledgebase
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.9
MS SharePoint
7.6
Integrates with GoToMeeting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
6.9
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
6.4
Integrates with Outlook
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
8.5

File Sharing & Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
MS SharePoint
7.9
Versioning
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
MS SharePoint
8.3
Video files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.7
MS SharePoint
7.7
Audio files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.7
MS SharePoint
7.7
Document collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
MS SharePoint
8.5
Access control
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
MS SharePoint
8.3
Advanced security features
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
MS SharePoint
7.9
Integrates with Google Drive
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
7.2
Device sync
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.9
MS SharePoint
8.0

Pros

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • It has a really strong and robust database that's extremely scalable and holds up well to thousands of users and many different environments.
  • It has a really good enterprise-grade framework for development custom database applications
  • All of the custom database applications along with the email all have a nice uniform look and feel so their easy-to-use.
  • I really like how it's developed and supported on every client OS (Windows, OSX, Linux)! The competitors definitely do NOT offer this (M$).
Matthew J. Fitzpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

  • Document sharing - it works really well for this. documents can be included in libraries and organized in folders. Documents can be uploaded as files or links to files stored anywhere that is accessible by URL.
  • Team discussion boards - It does discussion format very well and presents discussion sin a familiar format that all users will recognize. it can also do Wikis.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Notes' backwards compatibility sometimes gets in the way. Menus are cluttered with extraneous, outdated options and features that modern users will never use, and Preferences are often difficult to navigate for those coming from Gmail or Outlook. We have greatly simplified this via Policies, but users still find it daunting to go through all the options that are available.
  • The IBM Notes client for Windows & Mac is essentially the Eclipse Java development platform...so it is HUGE. Performance initially was very slow but IBM has done a good job of speeding things up. As IBM moves more toward cloud-delivered applications, this will not be as much of a problem.
  • Notes and Domino can be complex to manage for administrators who are more accustomed to ActiveDirectory, Group Policy, etc. Editing a notes.ini file to add a feature, or working with XML files by hand to create a SmartUpgrade kit can be daunting to those coming from more modern administrative roles.
  • Some users claim to "hate" Notes mail. While I have heard this less and less over the past 10 years, we have had 3rd party software offer plugins to Outlook and it's rare to see any for Notes.
  • The client update process should be automated more. I would like to see the Notes client update quietly and quickly more like an Adobe software update. If an update fails it should automatically try again without prompting the user over and over.
  • Notes multiple language spell checking is a downloaded add-on Java-based resource that has to be deployed in a convoluted way that is difficult for users to grasp. Therefore any foreign language spell check updates must be done individually per Notes client by IT, which is unfortunate. I would prefer to see that be a "live download" update option for users to get directly from IBM (don't make me download it and put it on my network).
Jeremiah Benjamin | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

  • If you are going to implement its intranet system, you may have some problems, Microsoft actually discourages that from happening.
  • Sometime if you need to search, it requires a lot of internal customization.
  • Social networking is separated from the rest of the intranet.
  • Sometimes when you need to upload a great number of files, it becomes slow, and even some files do not upload, so you need to upload them manually.
Adriano Rosa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 1.7
Based on 5 answers
I've been in IT business and as a Programmer/Developer for 20+ years with too many programming languages experiences/back ground (C/C++/Visual Basic/Basic Program/Unix/COBOL/Java). Also with 18+ years with Lotus Notes/IBM Domino, I am still and always think Lotus Notes is the best RAD platform available!. When the time where resource is very limited and the expectation is very high and the turn around is too short, IBM Domino/Notes is the platform to use and it's the only choice available.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 9.1
Based on 21 answers
We have too much invested at this point to do anything different and there are too many reasons as a company our size to keep it. We are heavily licensed out for Microsoft and have 12 years of SharePoint development baked into who we are. Extracting that as a tool at this point would be dumb and devastating. There are no like-kind competitors to it at an enterprise level that scale and integrate as well.
Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use for the user, most of the apps we developed, there is not much need for user training. Most of the times, we just do a demo to the users group and they can pick up from there.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 6.7
Based on 12 answers
A lot of users can give you many great ideas how to cleverly use SharePoint's core functionality to implement almost any process you need. It is very sturdy, never crashes. Many applications and third party solutions are built for SharePoint so even customization without Microsoft programming skills is rather easy and low cost.
hrvoje katusic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've been using the production for a very long time and very happy with it. Also, all the online resources and forums for notes is very friendly and easy/quick for getting help. I found out that compared to Microsoft or Oracle or any other platforms, IBM Notes online forum is the best I have seen.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 5.0
Based on 6 answers
Support varies by tech and by vendor. I've used Microsoft's support channel and for the most part have been successful to get my questions answered. I've also used third party vendors and have gotten some answers resolved as well, though sometimes getting them on the phone is difficult. It all depends!
Chris John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation is easy and smooth if the requirement is well gathered/documented. Notes is a RAD platform, all projects in Notes is simple in the implementation step.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 6.0
Based on 4 answers
Planning to the last detail would be advised. SharePoint is a very large application that takes a lot of finesse to get operational
Christopher Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

Outlook has been considered for years as a replacement platform. Pricing and support staff made it prohibitive. Our long-time use of Microsoft Office productivity suite naturally led us to consider the adoption of Office365. A recent investigation told us that Azure Cloud services propel an O365 solution to the forefront. Early adopters in international divisions have paved the way for Azure and O365.
Christopher Stark | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

While SharePoint isn't as easy to use as Igloo or Squarespace, it comes bundled with Office 365 and drives the backend of those tools. I don't see SharePoint as a place people want to go and see stuff, but rather as a glue that supports all the other Office Products. If we get more in house expertise, then it could be a place that people manage work, but it's not used that way right now
Matthew Deakyne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Over the years, we have lost countless hours of productivity from the thousands of crashes we have experienced.
  • One benefit of IBM Notes is that it is very simple to train a new user on. Many people prefer and are familiar with Google tools, but those that use IBM Notes have very little trouble acclimating themselves.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint

  • We moved from DocuShare to MS SharePoint and it's been proven very effective.
  • Using MS SharePoint has provided immediate access to documents to staff where in the past, they would have to wait for an admin staff to forward to them.
  • It has been a positive impact for our organization - our newer staff has really benefited from MS SharePoint.
Jessalyn Ka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

MS SharePoint

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.9
MS SharePoint
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
MS SharePoint
9.1

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
6.7

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint

Support

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
MS SharePoint
5.0

In-Person Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
MS SharePoint
4.5

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
MS SharePoint
6.4

Implementation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
MS SharePoint
6.0

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